Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Peter Neuhaus is a Senior Research Scientist at IHMC. He received his B.S. from MIT and his M.S. and Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. After graduating, he spent five years working in industry; he co-founded a start-up company for distributed power generation and then managed robotic factory-automation projects. In 2003, he joined IHMC. His work focuses on wearable robotic systems and legged robots. Dr. Neuhaus was one of the lead researchers for the DARPA Learning Locomotion project, developing quadrupedal locomotion algorithms for the Little Dog robot; some of the algorithms include dynamic maneuvers, reactive control, and the Xgait. His work on wearable robotic devices centers on lower extremity exoskeleton devices with application for mobility assistance for people with paralysis and paresis, gait rehabilitation, strength and endurance enhancement, and smart exercise devices. He has developed a series of mobility assistance exoskeletons, including the IHMC Mina exoskeleton, which has demonstrated assisting two persons with paraplegia in walking mobility. After that, he completed the X1 exoskeleton with NASA Johnson Space Center, which offers strength enhancement for able-bodied people in addition to mobility assistance. He has been developing software and assisting in managing the IHMC humanoid robotics effort on the DARPA Robotics Challenge and National Robotics Initiative (NRI) projects.